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List Rules Please rank the players based on how dirty and underhanded they were during their career

The dirtiest NFL players of all time are some of the meanest and most hated men to ever play professional football. You probably won't see these current and former National Football League players earning any sportsmanship awards anytime soon but there's a good chance their names will be in the news for bone-crushing hits, injuries and losing their tempers on the football field.

Each year several sports media outlets asks the NFL players themselves which current player they see as the dirtiest. In recent years, names like longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong "Donkey Kong" Suh have been selected by their peers as the dirtiest. With both players having nasty on-and-off-field incidents to their credit, the selections are not undeserved.

But dirty play is nothing new in the NFL. In fact, many of the dirtiest NFL players of all time are from many decades ago. Conrad Dobler, an offensive lineman who played from 1972 to 1981, bit, hit, kicked and spit on opposing players, including an incident where he punched fellow tough guy and one of the greatest defenders in NFL history Mean Joe Greene. Johnny Sample is another long retired player who earned the reputation for dirty play. The defensive back in the 1950s and 60s even named his autobiography "Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer."

While professional football is and will probably always be a violent sport, these dirty NFL players took that to another scary level. Vote for the NFL players you think are the dirtiest below or add any that are missing. Think these guys are bad? Check out the most shocking NFL scandals too.

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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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1,588 420
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

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2,318 740
Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bill Romanowski Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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1,358 582
Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Conrad Dobler New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,579 749
Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins - An all-around jerk; recently suspended for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin

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1,304 601
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Tatum Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

7
538 214
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones

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1,132 572
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Albert Haynesworth Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

9
1,059 549
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Cortland Finnegan Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

10
674 317
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

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929 503
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

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1,162 730
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

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1,378 929
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

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1,543 1,058
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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879 596
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Rodney Harrison New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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550 359
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

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519 379
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added George Atkinson Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

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365 243
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Terrell Suggs Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens

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775 611
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

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431 315
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Brandon Meriweather Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears

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941 797
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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654 531
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Porter Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

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876 744
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

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527 430
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
pjn33169 added Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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386 307
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
bradbender01 added Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

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917 860
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers

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465 407
Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Shawne Merriman Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

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385 333
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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462 425
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bernard Pollard Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

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347 303
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Matt Millen Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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389 367
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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268 244
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Rae Currath Carolina Panthers, Colorado Buffaloes football

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878 947
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Major_Fisher14 added Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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294 285
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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299 298
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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295 294
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bart Scott Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

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221 219
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

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170 157
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers

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129 119
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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174 178
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

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188 198
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

The Best Touchdown Celebrations of All Time

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

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121 117
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Chuck Bednarik University of Pennsylvania football

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310 377
Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
MiddletownBuck added Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

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167 190
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
-1456082551498 added Johnny Manziel

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275 338
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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246 304
Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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43 27
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Tom Derr added O. J. Simpson Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

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90 97
Fred Williamson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Fred Williamson Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Northwestern Wildcats football